Squeeze dried tofu to remove soaking water and discard soaking water. Rinse slices under cold water and squeeze again. Place all ingredients in a saucepan, cover and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 20 minutes. Pour into a strainer and allow to cool. Place the shiitake slices in a small bowl. Slice the dried tofu into thin lengthwise strips. The shiitake and dried tofu are now ready to use in making rice, noodle or vegetable sushi.
VARIATION: Add 3 tablespoons of pure maple syrup to the cooking liquid, at the beginning of cooking, for a sweeter flavor.
Per serving - 66 calories, 3 g fat (42% calories from fat), 7 g protein, 2 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 0 mg cholesterol, 336 mg sodium